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February 3, 2010

Shorties (American Psycho, The Musical; New Pornographers; and more)

Variety reports that the stage musical adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis's novel American Psycho is taking shape.

Carl Newman talks to Paste about the forthcoming New Pornographers album.

In another song, the band tried to combine Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs” with ABBA’s “Waterloo” and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ “Christine.” If that sounds confusing, you’re not the only one having trouble envisioning the new album’s sound. “[Fellow songwriter] Dan Bejar wrote me something where he said he thought [Together] sounded like [2000’s] Mass Romantic crossed with Challengers, and I’m like, I guess that might be true as well.” Newman says before pausing. “Although, any combination of our albums may be true. I think it’s Electric Version crossed with Twin Cinema, myself.” Then he pauses again. “I don’t think that, actually.”

At Paper Cuts, author Lauren Grodstein shares a music playlist.

Read her Largehearted Boy Book Notes music playlist for her debut novel, A Friend of the Family.

Surfer Blood's JP Pitts shares some of his favorite things with Pitchfork.

SEED recommends non-fiction books to read now.

In the Guardian, Sam Baker lists the top 10 literary Stepmothers.

PopMatters examines the legacy of Greil Marcus on music criticism.

The Wall Street Journal lists the five best novels set in the British-Colonial East.

Amazon MP3 has a new batch of 100 albums on sale for $5 this month, including:

Andrew Bird's The Mysterious Production of Eggs
Surfer Blood's Astro Coast
Vampire Weekend's Contra
Yeasayer's All Hour Cymbals

The February issue of Bookslut is online, and features interviews with Zachary German and Jason Koo.

The Los Angeles Times offers five social media tips for indie musicians.

MTV lists five not-so-mysterious connections between the television series Lost and comic books.

On sale at Amazon MP3: Phoenix's 15-track Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (Remix Collection) for $2.99.

Flavorwire lists canceled television shows that live on as comics.

Win four Ox-Tales short story collections (that benefit Oxfam) in this week's Largehearted Boy contest.

Follow me on Twitter for links that don't make the daily "Shorties" columns.

also at Largehearted Boy:

Atomic Books Comics Preview (highlights of the week's comics & graphic novel releases)
daily mp3 downloads
Largehearted Word (highlights of the week's book releases)
Try It Before You Buy It (mp3s and full album streams from this week's CD releases)
weekly music & DVD release lists

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